Set the Table
Dinner with Rebecca Henry
My understanding is that the population of African people that were brought to Louisiana were brought from Senegambia. They were specifically brought there because they have the technology for rice production.
I have traveled also to Senegal. My husband is Senegalese. And one of the first things that I noticed when I went to Senegal was how the food is so similar. The story of the people is in the food. The rice dishes are the same and Senegal as they are in Louisiana, the fish dishes, the fish and rice dishes, the sauce is very similar.
I remember explaining to people there that I knew that we were connected, Louisiana people and people from Senegal, just from eating the food. The story is in the food. And I think that that's a tremendous legacy to, to understand and uncover about yourself because that food tells its own story in and of itself.